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Posts Tagged: Bombyliidae

Why Flies Are Pollinators, Too!

A  bee fly, genus Villa, collecting pollen on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Will all the pollinators please stand up! Or do a fly-by like the Blue Angels or a crawl-by like babies competing in a diaper derby. Bees--there are more than 4000 of them in North America--are the main pollinators, but don't overlook butterflies,...

A  bee fly, genus Villa, collecting pollen on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A bee fly, genus Villa, collecting pollen on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A bee fly, genus Villa, collecting pollen on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee (left) and a syrphid fly, aka hover fly or flower fly, sharing a Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee (left) and a syrphid fly, aka hover fly or flower fly, sharing a Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee (left) and a syrphid fly, aka hover fly or flower fly, sharing a Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 6:57 PM
Tags: bee fly (3), Bombyliidae (2), flower fly (12), honey bees (345), hover fly (19), Pollination Nation (3), pollinators (30), syrphid fly (17), syrphids (4), Villa (1)

Not Bees--They're Flies

Bee Fly

There are "bees" and there are "flies."And then there are "bee flies."Bee flies? They're so named because they look somewhat like bees. Order: Diptera. Family: Bombyliidae.We spotted a single bee fly, as identified by UC Davis forensic entomologist Bob...

Bee Fly
Bee Fly

A BEE FLY nectars on sedum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Large Body
Large Body

LARGE BODY of bee fly shows an equally large wing span. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Sip of Nectar
Sip of Nectar

BEE FLY sips nectar from sedum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, September 7, 2010 at 8:36 PM
Tags: bee fly (3), Bob Kimsey (7), Bombyliidae (2)
 
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